GDA Farm Recovery Block Grant

The Georgia Department of Agriculture will begin accepting online applications for the $347 million in block grant funds on March 18, 2020. Georgia farmers and forest landowners in 95 eligible counties, who suffered losses to beef, dairy, fruit and vegetable, pecan, poultry, timber, and uninsured infrastructure, will need to enroll in the recovery program beginning March 18. The federal block grants seek to help recover losses not covered under existing USDA Farm Service Agency programs.

Only online applications will be accepted. While mobile phones may be used to sign up and log in, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application using a computer to ensure proper upload and attachment of required documents.

All applications must be completed and submitted by April 8, 2020.

For questions regarding the Farm Recovery Block Grant, please contact GDA at

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Using Pesticides Wisely (UPW) 2020:



In 2020 in Georgia, applicators of Engenia, Fexapan, Tavium or XtendiMax who attended a UPW training during 2019 are NOT required to attend the 2020 UPW training (although all are welcome and encouraged to attend). For Enlist One and Enlist Duo, those persons in-charge of in-season applications to tolerant cotton and soybean who attended training during 2019 are NOT required to attend the 2020 UPW training (again all are welcome). Those who were not trained in 2019 are required to attend a 2020 training. For those wanting confirmation regarding 2019 attendance, visit the GDA website () and scroll down to the bottom clicking on the location attended last season.

UPW will be offered in Colquitt County on March 11, 2020 starting at 9 am. This meeting will be held at the Colquitt County Extension office in Moultrie, GA. (229) 616-7455
Two hours of pesticide credit for private or commercial will be offered at this training.

UPW will be offered in Tift County on April 3, 2020 starting at 9:30 am. This meeting will be held at the Tifton Campus Conference Center at 15 RDC Rd, Tifton, GA. (229) 386-7274
Two hours of pesticide credit for private or commercial will be offered at this training.


RSVP and Maximum Attendance: Everyone must RSVP at least 3 days prior to the meeting that they would like to attend.
NO MEAL: NO meal will be provided because of time constraints and the volume of people required to be trained.
Training Agenda: Using Pesticide Wisely (UPW) will last about 1 hr and 30 minutes.

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Landscaper Training


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March 3, 2020 · 8:16 PM

EPA’s Recent Interim Registration Review Decision About Glyphosate (Prostko)

On January 22, 2020, the EPA released the following document:  Glyphosate – Interim Registration Review Decision – Case Number 0178.  A few excerpts that can be found in this document are as follows:

“The agency used the most current science policies and risk assessment methodologies to prepare a risk assessment in support of the registration reviews of glyphosate.”

“The agency concluded that there are no dietary risks of concern for any segment of the population, even with the most conservative assumptions applied in its assessments (e.g. tolerance-level residues, direct application to water, and 100% crop treated).”

“The agency also concluded that there are no residential, non-occupational bystander, aggregate, or occupational risks of concern.”

“The EPA concludes that the benefits outweigh the potential ecological risks when glyphosate is used according to label directions.”

“The EPA is requiring all glyphosate labels to be updated to modern standards.  The specific components of the label that require updates are as follows:  the maximum application parameters, environmental hazards statement for aquatic use, and clarification on rotational crop timing.  In addition, the agency is providing guidance to glyphosate registrants on acceptable marketing statements.” 

“The agency’s final registration review decision for glyphosate will be dependent upon an Endangered Species Assessment (ESA), an Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) determination, and a resolution of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) et al. petition (i.e. reduce the tolerance of glyphosate in or on oats from 30 ppm to 0.1 ppm and modify labels to explicitly prohibit pre-harvest use on oats).”

For a copy of the complete report, refer to the following web location:

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February 4, 2020 · 7:34 PM

2020 Peanut/Field Corn/Soybean Weed Control Recommendations

Below are Dr. Prostko’s recommendations for weed management this year:



Call the Thomas County Extension Office with any questions!

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2019 Extension Drift Survey Summary (Culpepper)

The figure below shares the results from 2014 through 2019. Impact through our Using Pesticides Wisely (UPW) program and county programs have been monumental with the overall goal of protecting pesticide users, by-standers, consumers, and our environment. Obviously, these results would not have been possible without a strong supportive and cooperative commitment among all of our Georgia agricultural family including growers, consultants, retailers/dealers, industry, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

In 2019, cotton, pecan, and fruits and vegetables (mostly gardens) received the most drift complaints at 38, 15, and 14%, respectively. Pesticides which led to the most extension drift visits included dicamba, 2,4-D, paraquat, 2,4-DB and cotton defoliation mixtures. For both dicamba and 2,4-D, complaints were significantly less in 2019 when compared to 2018.

No final decisions have been made on UPW 2020 as of Jan 7 but hopefully our plan will be in-place by mid-January with meetings planned for March 2020.

Posted by UGA Weed Science at Tuesday, January 07, 2020

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